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Kayakers and boats traverse the branch of the Chicago River in the downtown area. Every river contains a population of microbes; scientists at Argonne are partnering with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District to map how the River’s inhabitants change over the months and years. Click to enlarge.
Argonne partners with Metropolitan Water Reclamation District to study Chicago River microbe population

Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory are partnering with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago to find out the typical sources and distribution of microbial communities in Chicago area waterways.

December 2, 2013
Andrew Cleland, who builds nanoscale electronic and mechanical devices that operate at the quantum limit, recently accepted a joint appointment to Argonne and the University of Chicago. Beginning, July 1, 2014, Cleland will join the University's Institute for Molecular Engineering, of which Argonne is a partner. Click to enlarge.
Institute for Molecular Engineering doubles size of founding faculty with innovative researchers

The University of Chicago’s Institute for Molecular Engineering is adding four prominent senior faculty members who develop advanced technologies that address some of society’s most challenging questions, including cancer bioengineering, water resources, quantum computing and quantum materials, and regenerative medicine.

November 20, 2013
From left: Kimihiko Hirao, Director of the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science, and Michael E. Papka, Director of the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, sign a memorandum of understanding establishing a cooperative relationship in support of projects aimed at expanding the use of petascale computing in the scientific and engineering communities. The agreement was signed during the SC13 Conference. Click to enlarge.
Argonne and RIKEN sign MOU in support of petascale computing

Leaders in the petascale computing arena in the U.S. and Japan today signed a memorandum of understanding establishing a cooperative relationship in support of projects aimed at expanding the use of petascale computing in the scientific and engineering communities.

November 19, 2013
INCITE grants awarded to 59 computational research projects

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science announced 59 projects, promising to accelerate scientific discovery and innovation, that will share nearly six billion core hours on two of America’s fastest supercomputers dedicated to open science. Their work will advance knowledge in critical areas, from sustainable energy technologies to the environmental consequences of energy use.

November 18, 2013
Cristina Negri (click to enlarge)
2013 Outstanding Postdoctoral Mentor and Outstanding Postdoctoral Supervisor Awards presented

On October 11, four Argonne employees were recognized for their outstanding mentoring and supervisory efforts at an awards presentation during the 2013 Argonne Postdoctoral Research and Career Symposium. Nominations for the award were submitted anonymously by postdocs.

November 5, 2013
The 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded for the theory of the Higgs boson, for which evidence was discovered at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland last year. Above: Argonne was involved in building part of the LHC called the ATLAS calorimeter, a device to measure the energies of particles produced when protons collide in the center of the detector. Photo by CERN.
Argonne research helps pave way for physics Nobel

The 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded today to theoretical physicists François Englert and Peter Higgs for their theory of an elementary particle now known as the Higgs boson, which scientists believe is responsible for giving mass to other elementary particles.

October 8, 2013
Lithium-air batteries are particularly appealing to researchers because they have a significantly higher theoretical capacity than conventional lithium-ion batteries. Click to enlarge.
Researchers tackle new challenge in pursuit of the next generation of lithium batteries

The creation of the next generation of batteries depends on finding materials that provide greater storage capacity. One variety, known as lithium-air (Li-air) batteries, is particularly appealing to researchers because they have a significantly higher theoretical capacity than conventional lithium-ion batteries.

September 27, 2013
“We are capturing the physics of deep earthquakes,”  said Yanbin Wang, a senior scientist at the University of Chicago. Click to enlarge.
Scientists push closer to understanding mystery of deep earthquakes

Scientists broke new ground in the study of deep earthquakes, a poorly understood phenomenon that occurs where the oceanic lithosphere, driven by tectonics, plunges under continental plates – examples are off the coasts of the western United States, Russia and Japan.

September 23, 2013
Marc Snir is Director of the Mathematics and Computer Science division at Argonne National Laboratory and the Michael Faiman and Saburo Muroga Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Click to enlarge.
Argonne's Marc Snir receives 2013 IEEE Computer Society Seymour Cray Award

Parallel computing expert Marc Snir, a major contributor to the Message Passing Interface, has been named the recipient of this year’s IEEE Computer Society Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award.

September 23, 2013
Working with national laboratories, universities and industry, the Air Force is ensuring it stays on the cutting edge of global security by creating a new engineering paradigm to improve the safety and fuel-efficiency of aircraft. Click to enlrage.
National labs and Air Force partner to improve aircraft component design

Working with national laboratories, universities and industry, the Air Force is ensuring it stays on the cutting edge of global security by creating a new engineering paradigm to improve the safety and fuel-efficiency of aircraft.

September 19, 2013